Indeed, Rove’s political magic has worked an amazing transformation of the American electoral landscape – but it’s for the Democrats. If we count both those who identify themselves directly with a party and those who “lean” to it, then America is now happily in the bosom of the Democratic Party. 54% of all Americans now call themselves “Democrats,” against 36% who view themselves as “Republicans” – an 18-point difference. If this trend holds into the 2008 elections and is translated into preference votes for Congressional seats (two enormous “ifs”), the radical transformation of Congress begun in 2006 will continue, with the Republicans moved to an increasingly marginal position.
If it weren't for the fact that Democrats are now charged with fixing everything Bush and his Republican allies in Congress have done wrong for the last seven years, the success in November 2006 and the likely success in November 2008 would bring cries of celebration. As it stands, they only bring sighs of relief.